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Off-parliament opposition may form own parties – leader of United Russia faction

February 28, 2012, 6:24 UTC+3
All parties will be present, and future parties as well,” he wrote
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MOSCOW, February 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Representatives from the so-called off-parliament opposition, who will attend a Tuesday meeting of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, may form their own parties some time in future, leader of the United Russian faction Andrei Vorobyev said on Monday in his Twitter page.

“Tomorrow will be an interesting day. We will vote on bills on general elections of governors and on simplified party registration procedures. All parties will be present, and future parties as well,” he wrote.

On Fenruary 27, leader of the Left Front Sergei Udaltsov told the Ekho Moskvy radio station that representatives from off-parliament opposition “will take part in a Duma session on Tuesday.” Earlier, secretary of the federal council of the unregistered Party of Cause Alexander Nekrasov told Itar-Tass that all members of the working group on amendments to bills on political reform, which was set up following the proposal of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, were invited to take part in first reading of the bills at the State Duma on February 28.

“Free admittance to politics for everyone… Welcome! How many parties there will be? Ten, twenty, or a hundred? Time will show,” Vorobyev wrote in his Twitter post. “Direct democracy! Gubernatorial elections is the responsibility of all residents of a region, and parties that would nominate them.”

On February 25, President Dmitry Medvedev said he was sure that thanks to his liberal reforms the off-parliament opposition will have a chance to create its own parties and advocate its political ideas.

“I not only spoke about liberalization, I have done it. The fruits of this liberalization will be reaped by generations of Russian politicians – those who are dubbed as parliament opposition and those who are dubbed as off-parliament opposition,” he said at a meeting with students in journalism.

“Time will show what this off-parliament opposition is worth,” he noted. “Some these people have all the chances to set up their own parties and promote their ideas and struggle for their ideas.”

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